Tyra Banks will receive the "International Model of the Year"
award at the Bollywood Fashion Awards and will also get recognition
for her charitable work. The ceremonies will be held at Trump Taj
Mahal Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey on 2 and 3 May
Tyra is now the creator and executive producer of a new reality
show called America's Next Top Model. The show begins 20
May 2003 on UPN.
Banks has a strong connection with the medium of film and television.
Her sojourn into Hollywood connected her both comically and dramatically
with America's audiences as the "girl next door." She
appeared opposite Will Smith in the hit television series The
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and dramatically portrayed a college
track star in John Singleton's critically acclaimed Higher Learning.
Tyra also starred in ABC's Wonderful world of Disney movie -
Life Size. The movie garnered huge ratings for ABC and Daily
Variety raved about Tyra's comedic performance calling it "hilarious".
She immediately moved from the small screen to the silver screen
with a role in Jerry Bruckheimer's film, Coyote Ugly.
In addition, at the personal request of Oprah, Tyra inked a deal
for two seasons with The Oprah Winfrey Show to appear in
a series of shows with Oprah.
Already known as an international fashion icon, Bank's groundbreaking
influence on fashion can be seen worldwide, says a press release.
It adds that her cross-cultural appeal and wholesome persona.
Early in her career, Tyra became the first woman from her community
and the first model to be featured on the cover of GQ Magazine,
a feat repeated when she was named their "Woman of the Year
With back-to-back appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated's
famed swimsuit, Banks broke more new ground becoming the first model
from her community to grace its coveted cover. Tyra also received
the prestigious Michael Award presented to the "Supermodel
of the year."
Having become the first model from her community ever to be featured
on the cover of the Victoria's Secret Catalog, she subsequently
went on to sign a lucrative and exclusive contract with the company.
In recent years, Tyra extended her relationship with Victoria's
Secret, signing an exclusive cosmetics contract with them.
In addition to Victoria's Secret, Tyra has been contracted by Swatch
and Cover Girl and has appeared in ad campaigns for Nike, Pepsi,
McDonald's, the Milk Advisory Board, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren,
Dolce & Gabbana, Sony and a responsible drinking campaign for
Sonia Dandona, founder of the Bollywood Fashion Awards, was quoted
as saying "Tyra Banks was one of the first black supermodels
to gain widespread acceptance and fame, and thereby paved the way
for women of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds to enter the modeling
"Tyra is one of fashion's muses with a modeling career that
has enveloped the globe and therefore, is most deserving of the
International Model of the Year Award. She is at the pinnacle of
the modeling world and we are thrilled that she is going to be a
part of the Bollywood Fashion Awards," Dandona added.
Unlike any fashion awards of its kind, the Bollywood Fashion Awards
will bring together the top international designers, most ravishing
models, and the hottest celebrities together to honour the colliding
worlds of fashion and entertainment.
Similarly, the Bollywood Movie Awards, an event of international
stature, will honor the outstanding achievements of Indian moviemakers
and artists during the prior year.
"Tyra is an inspiration to girls around the world," said
Bollywood group of companies chairman and CEO Kamal Dandona, "and
we hope she motivates women in India, in particular, to change the
perception of women.